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Space Still Available For UNM-LA, LAHS Early College High School Career Explorations Program

on June 5, 2014 - 12:13pm

Dr. Ben Neal from the Children’s Clinic in White Rock demonstrates a zombie attack. Photo by Vint Miller/UNM-LA

Students practice their new welding skills. Photo by Vint Miller/UNM-LA

Early College High School Program student Ocean Gross participates in a robotics demonstration. Photo by Vint Miller/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The Early College High School Program, a joint venture between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and the Los Alamos High School, still has a few openings for next week’s session running June 9-13. Students have enjoyed the first session that is wrapping up this


Mrs. Handsberry Goes to Europe!

on June 5, 2014 - 9:14am

Travelers from left, Andie Hammon, Elizabeth Haagenstad, Caroline Schramm, Ben Nguyen, Mariah Sanchez, Daniel McCurdy, Elena Atencio, Hayley Schake, Stephanie Blair, Lauren Burr, Emmy Gustavsen, Charlotte Berg, Joy Handsberry, Melanie Boncella, Lynn Ovaska, Eric Ovaska and Max in the back. Louisa Singleton is not pictured because she is traveling earlier and will meet the group in London. Courtesy photo 

Staff Report

Europe 2014 travelers want to thank everyone who supported them and Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry as they fund-raised and prepared for their upcoming 15-day

Educator Effectiveness System Task Force Forming

on June 5, 2014 - 7:41am

LAPS News:

Teachers and principals from Los Alamos will be invited to serve on an Educator Effectiveness System (EES) Task Force that will meet in June and July to revise the Los Alamos School District’s evaluation plans for teachers.

This past year marked the first year of state-mandated changes to the teacher observation evaluation plans. Under this new system, teachers were observed in a set of four domains that rated teachers on a five step rubric, ranging from minimally effective to exemplary.

The New Mexico Public Education Department made a commitment to provide districts the


Graduates Celebrate During Senior Appreciation Night

on June 5, 2014 - 7:35am
Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff Report:

Los Alamos High School graduates were treated to a variety of events throughout the night, Saturday, May 31. Volunteers chaperoned the annual community-sponsored, all-night senior graduation event known as SAN (Senior Appreciation Night).

SAN was created as a fun, safe alternative to dangerous celebrations for graduates. The event is in its 30th year and typically serves 350 students.

SAN is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Recreation Department, The

Tessa Snyder Receives June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship

on June 4, 2014 - 9:12am
Tessa Snyder with a copy of 'The Jungle,' the book about which she wrote her scholarship essay. Courtesy/Michael P Young Photography


Tessa Snyder is the recipient of the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.

Ettinger was a long-time resident of Los Alamos. For more than 20 years, she taught third and fourth grade at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools. She read extensively, and was frequently at the Mesa Public Library. 

A recent Los Alamos High School graduate, Synder wrote her essay about the book, The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair.

Snyder said of The Jungle:  “This


Haley Butler-Moore and Allyssa Tedder Receive Stoddard Scholarships for Nursing and Education

on June 4, 2014 - 8:18am
Haley Butler-Moore, recipient of the Stoddard Scholarship for Nursing and Education. Courtesy/Michael P Young Photography


The Stoddard Scholarship for Nursing and Education were the result of the late Sen. Steve Stoddard’s work on the Board of the Caldera National Preserve, where he helped decide the future of a unique and beautiful area of northern New Mexico. 

Stoddard was paid a stipend for his work, and the money accumulated during his years of service.


Still Time to Donate to Purchase School Library Books

on June 3, 2014 - 8:04am

Bookplate used for books purchased through the Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund. Courtes/AAUW

AAUW News:

The AAUW campaign to raise $20,000 for the Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund is nearing its goal, AAUW committee member Nina Thayer said.

Each of the five local elementary schools has already received $1,000 that was used to purchase new books that are now available to the students for library check-out. The completed goal will provide identical funds for purchases of new books each year for the next three years. 

Anyone who would like to honor the memory of the respected elementary